Gohoof Community Impact

Welcoming People From War Torn Countries-Refugees-Immigrants-Migrants-Travelers- Tourists-Students.

“Imagine Their Faces, Imagine Their Journeys, Imagine Their Happiness In A Peaceful Country”

 

               IN SYRIA, IRAQ, LIBYA AND AFGHANISTAN, EVERYONE HAS A WAR STORY.

 

Entire FAMILIES have known very little but war, fought along religious, financial and social divides, that have been hard to resolve. Imagine how the word ‘Welcoming’ could affect many in these countries and other conflict areas resettle.

The populations in these countries are rebuilding and coping on the surface, but the reality is, most are living with a deep sense of loss and isolation, wondering if ONLY their villages, towns, cities could go back to the days of no fighting, no misery and Peace.

                 THEIR HOPES ARE ADDICTIVE BUT ONLY FEW EVER GET TO SEE PEACE AGAIN IN OTHER PEACEFUL COUNTRIES. 

Despite the shared history of these war torn countries, their citizens often always try to overcome and go about the business of daily life, with the only HOPE of change for the future and some good memories of the past.

                 BUT THEIR REALITIES OF DAILY LIFE AND TRAUMAS CAN BE SEEN AND READ ONLINE BY MILLIONS AROUND THE WORLD.

 

“So are we just getting accustomed to these sufferings of others in this modern age of our beautiful Earth”


SO WE GATHERED STORIES OF SOME CITIZENS OF SOME OF THESE COUNTRIES.

 

Kaan Almasri

A Father Of Two.

A Refugee from Syria and what he thinks of the situation in his country.

Resilience, resilience and working together is what get small communities going. Communities working together for themselves, even without the assistance of the world and the government. He imagines what could be achieved if the whole country all worked together. That’s the future he wants.

                         “That’s the future we all want”

 

Elizabeth Limam
Her Birthday


In 2011, on her birthday in Sirte, Libya, rebels forces attacked her neighborhood and her whole family was forced to escape to the next town leaving behind her birthday cake uncut, gifts from family and friends and food prepared for the event. That same evening, her birthday was celebrated in silence and she was very thankful.

Our home town has never been the same since. Living in a caring but small community ever since the attack with alot of resilience and tolerating our different religions and ideas has really helped some of us. Elizabeth hopes her whole country has learned from the infighting and says they should all be more 'Welcoming to one another'.

 

Mathis Bolingo

Democratic Republic Of Congo

Says he has grown up knowing nothing but war and unrest most of his live. At 7 years old, he fled his village with many others seeing dead bodies along the road. Him and his family were constantly on the move from then on. Seeing carnage and death became a normal occurrence. The was no school for him and many others.

They were just surviving to see the next day. They moved from one refugee camp to another waiting for the day the war will end. He says it was like waiting for Santa on Christmas day most of us were too poor to even travel to the next country. What held most of us together was faith and the ‘welcome hands’ we received from some of the refugee camps. At these camps, it was full of some of the most trusted people I have ever seen. People from overseas, Europe and America especially. We felt wanted again as people in these camps.

For many years in these camps, we formed large families, worked for each other and tolerated all religions and ideas from everyone in the camp.

‘I just want to thank all those families that took us in their homes as refugees when we were running from the rebels and also thankful to be alive today. I credit this to all the kindness I have received from complete strangers and especially of those than share my origin and my country, Congo’.

 

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When violence consumes and takes over villages, towns, and sometimes a whole country, residents have two choices: stay and live in a warzone, or leave and start somewhere totally new, from scratch, with nothing.


              MILLIONS OF PEOPLE CHOOSE TO RUN.


Entire communities are displaced by vast government corruption, persecution for their religious beliefs, fights over natural resources, and warring rebel groups. Trying to escape the crossfire, entire communities and economies are fractured and uprooted. It’s hard to have a job, raise a family, and build a life when you’re on the run.

 

But today more than ever, it’s possible to rebuild wherever you are. With more and more countries taking in more refugees and immigrants. International students, travelers, tourist are also being welcomed around the world in record numbers. But being forced to move away from your village, town, city or country of origin can be a traumatic experience for many.

 

People have been migrating for thousands of years but the issue of making people feel at home, feel welcome and feel like a local in their new destinations have never been an easy task. That’s why we believe having people of the same origins welcome one another in foreign destinations is very important.

 

Imagine moving from the United States to live in New Zealand, imagine being welcomed in New Zealand by another American family who has been living in New Zealand for a couple of years and familiar with the city you plan to live in. We believe this kinds of scenarios will make live much more easier for those moving away from their place of origin and resettling in new cities or countries.

 

Having someone of the same place of origin welcome you at your new destination can be one of the happiest thing to happen to many refugees, immigrants, international students and even tourists. That's why we believe in creating ‘Welcoming Centers’ in major cities in countries who receive lots of refugees, immigrants, tourists and international students.

 

These Centers will serve as a multi-origin center to have people of different origins come to discuss on several topics and welcoming other newcomers of their respective countries of origins and help guide their stay in their new communities. These way, if a refugee, immigrant or an international student is new to a community, he/she will not have to visit unsafe places in other to feel welcome in their new home town.

 

So we have decided to ask for Donations from anyone that believes in creating safe and welcoming communities for this particular set of new community members. For many of us have been newcomers to many locations and have found it challenging settling in.

 

Please DONATE below to make our towns, cities and countries friendly and welcoming to those that want to make it their new homes.